multi-touch the sound storm

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Things are starting to sound more song-like and I can really appreciate that. In previous builds everything sounded more like an experiment or a demo. Now I have something more akin to an experimental song.

I am finding it more and more difficult to separate my music from what I am doing with the instrument. I guess they are going to be presented/performed together for now.

Sometime soon I would like to do a long series of remixes and see how how diverse I can these interpretations of a single song. It would be really cool to explode a song into hundreds of different non-linear interpretations.

multi-touch the storm – interactive sound visuals – subcycle labs from christian bannister on Vimeo.

Many additions in this build:

  • 3D sound visuals for the texture of the sound.
  • Switching between song segments with controller (old Kaoss pad in front of screen) and no I am not using Live (yet)
  • Random color when new sound is selected
  • Integration of the joystick array (my Costa Rica project 2007.12.28)
  • Real-time effect controls (distortion, bitcrush, delay/feedback, timestretch FX)
  • Zoom and rate control of the sound
  • One shot effects on USB keypad next to the controller

I have not been able to take the time and create a comprehensive description of the things that I am doing here but I will eventually get to that. I realize a lot of people will look at this project and have no idea what is going on. For the moment I just want to stay motivated and keep pushing things. In the next few months I will be working on some proposals that will require me to sit down and

All of the seriously cool titles that are used to describe things like sound waves, touch and storms are taken. If anyone who is reading this has a good title for this project please suggest.

touch interface

I have a new projection film! This is great stuff… Digiline Contrast and still worth it after 100 euro shipping charges. The image is hugely improved. If you look at the older videos they seriously look crappy compared to the new and improved screen.

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  1. I enjoy coming up with names for companies and products. Here are a few ideas:

    For touch, you might consider “chiro-” which is based on the Greek word kheir, meaning hand. This could be the prefix of something. Chiropractor comes from this prefix, as well as chiral from organic chemistry.

    Alternatively, there is manipulus, which is Latin for handful.

    Other ideas: Tactility (Latin tactilis), planar (mmm, no),

    Ok, first try. If something comes up that is much better than the preceding, I’ll write back.

  2. This is incredible. That’s all I have to say. Really, really cool stuff!

  3. Where did you come up with the idea for this? I love drum and bass and this is something that I could definitely see in the future. I would love to be able to see some of the programming/hardware aspects of your project. I think what you are doing is great! Keep up the innovation.

  4. Some Autechre overtones in there, but watching you in action reminds me more of the potential theatrics of people like Richie Hawtin. Christian, I had no idea this is the lind of thing you did. Woot.

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  6. wow! i’ve seen a number of multi-touch devices….but nothing like this. really cool interface. seems very intuitive. can’t wait to see this take flight. keep up the great work!

  7. it looks so futuristic! if you can, please let us know how you did this in detail. i mean i know max/msp a little but i don’t have a clue how to do something like this. cheap multi-touch screens will be available for everyone in the near future and i wanna touch my music too 😉 great work! thx for inspiration…

  8. Hi Christian,

    Great work chap°
    Put me in your newsletter!
    It’s not clear for me how and where you select yr effects processing on the screen.

    Personally i would skip the background visuals (although they are interrelated to the sound) but keep them for the projection (e.g. visuals for the audience). I would go totally nuts by watching it ALL the time.
    An option to delete i from the the background would be very useful but keep it in the projection.


    Instead of scrubbing etc. through the sample buffer you give the background shape a more prominent role. For instance, by dragging, pulling, magnifying, cutting, adding, … the shape
    —> shape is sound
    Hmm… is that kind of clear?


  9. This looks and sounds incredible! The sort of thing you’d expect to see at Sonar Festival. How about ‘Wave Weaver’ for a name?

    I’ll definately be telling our network of musicians about this…

  10. i’m inspired

  11. This is truly amazing! You are a very creative genius, I must say. Please, please, please continue your work. I’ll be purchasing this from the get-go.

    I daily visit your website in hope of news on the development :)

    By the way, could you perhaps demonstrate with more conventional tracks with a 4/4 beat? :)



  12. awesome …
    is this opensource?
    if yes create a github(.com) repository for that, im sure many many will like that.

    keep up that amazing piece of work…
    even if the music isnt perfect to me i like the way you do it…


    Very good work man!

  14. wow christian!

    im currently building a portable lcd multitouch surface, designing an interface in max and sending signals to ableton & resolume to create a multimedia show. i had not considered making the display look so beautiful that it actually becomes part of the performance!

    amazing work, like all live improv music it will take you a while to work out to play it accurately and consistently but i would love to see this performed in a club environment and i hope to see you on tour with it sometime soon!

  15. @ifgy

    Thank you for your kind words. I don’t update daily, but I will be making the RSS feed available in the next could of days making it easier to get updates.

  16. @martin

    This project is in a prototype phase right now. I don’t want to make my source available until I can identify the innovations and stabilize my code a bit. I will be pointing out the frameworks that I am utilizing as I move forward and documenting my thought process. That seems more valuable at this phase.

  17. Wow. Really floored by what you’re doing here. Will be following your progress for sure :)

  18. Wow indeed, amazing stuff, kudos, can’t wait to play…

  19. absolutely amazing and inspiring to us electronic performers trying to involve visuals and touch. awesome work.

    rspkt mate keep it up ill be closely following


  20. This is a question to admin.

    What presets on what vst instruments have you used to create music to this video.
    I need the names of all presets as you have selected and used on your vst instruments.
    Because i don’t find exact same instrument sounds on FL Studio or Reaktor.

  21. Chistian,

    This is so beautiful Christian… seeing you integrate everything that you do exceptionally well into one ‘blow-my-mind’ experience is more that inspiring. I mean, people have been wanting to see this kind kind of thing in action for years, and you did it!! The fact that you are doing this on top of all the Secondstory work you are involved in is… you know… quite insane in the best way possible 😀


  22. This is f****** awesome dude. I have to meet you one day in Portland.

  23. Unbelievable. I’m legitimately blown away. I don’t know anything about creating mutli-touch surfaces or anything like this. I create a lot of music with just my mouse and never imagined something like this could be possible. You’ve just inspired me to verse myself in many, many things. Seriously, unbelievable.

  24. Audioglass.

  25. Christian,

    Holy christ! Like Martin said this is mind-blowing! I’m loving where this is going… Can’t wait to get my hands on it :)